Alec Burnside


Alec Burnside


Brussels | 480 Avenue Louise, Box 13A, Brussels 1050
+32 2 535 54 33 | +32 2 535 5400

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Alec Burnside practices in the area of EU competition law, with a particular focus on merger clearances, state aid, cartel defense, and abuse of dominance matters. Over the past three decades, Mr. Burnside has played a key role in cases for leading corporations, global industries and governments on issues arising across a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer products, energy and natural resources, financial services, manufacturing, military, pharmaceuticals, technology, telecoms, and transport and logistics. He is noted by clients as “instrumental in reaching [their] goals," because of his “unique blend of creativity and persistence.” (Chambers Global 2016)

Mr. Burnside has been recognized and recommended over many years as a leading lawyer for competition law in publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 EMEA, Global Competition Review, International Financial Law Review, and Best Lawyers in Belgium. He was recently named a “thought leader” in competition
by Who’s Who Legal (2018). 

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Burnside was resident in the Brussels office of another international law firm where he served as a partner in the antitrust practice. He has been based in Brussels continuously since 1989.


Significant Representations

  • Aer Lingus on its merger with IAG, its defense of successive hostile takeover bids by Ryanair and appeals in the EU's General Court, as well as UK investigations into Ryanair's minority shareholding in Aer Lingus and related UK appeals.
  • Aer Lingus in relation to Ireland’s air passenger tax and associated state aid proceedings before the European Commission and European Courts.
  • Deutsche Post DHL as a third party in relation to the prohibited UPS/TNT merger and the FedEx/TNT merger, and on many acquisitions and other investigations, including international removals and state aid at Leipzig airport.
  • Getty Images and a number of other companies in the IT and media sector, in relation to the European Commission's investigation of Google's abuse of dominance in search on desktops and mobile devices.
  • A Japanese capacitor manufacturer in relation to the Commission’s electrolytic capacitor cartel investigation.
  • Monsanto in relation to merger proposals with Syngenta and Bayer.
  • The European Commission's investigation into alleged manipulation of pricing mechanisms on crude oil and derivative products.
  • Mergers creating BAE Systems, BHP Billiton and GlaxoSmithKline.
  • British American Tobacco on acquisitions, including privatizations in Italy and Turkey.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • University of Cambridge, Downing College, 1982
  • College of Law, London, 1983
  • Institut d’Etudes Europeennes, Brussels, 1984
  • Brussels
  • England and Wales
  • French
  • English
  • German

Associate of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, London